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Apple employees want the option to work remotely indefinitely and are concerned that colleagues may quit if the company makes staff return to the office, The Verge reported, citing an internal survey.

Almost 90 percent of Apple workers polled in June “strongly agree” with the statement “location-flexible working options are a very important issue to me,”  the report said. Employees defined “location-flexible” as the option to work from home indefinitely, it added.

According to the report, the survey is not scientific, as it was sent out in a Slack channel for employees to discuss remote work, and only a small fraction of Apple’s 147,000-person workforce likely even knew it existed.

A majority of those surveyed also were concerned that staff would quit if Apple didn’t offer a more flexible approach to remote work.

About 60 percent of respondents said they “strongly agree” with the statement “I am worried that some of my colleagues will have to leave Apple due to LACK of location-flexible work options.” Thirty-seven percent said they were worried they would have to resign due to the lack of flexibility.

Employees sent the survey results to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Deirdre O’Brien, senior vice president of retail and people, on June 14, the news site reported. They included a video with personal testimonies from 24 Apple workers about why remote-working options are important.

Cook has told employees to plan to return to the office three days a week beginning in early September, The Verge reported last month, citing an email the executive sent to staff on June 2.

Two days later, workers expressed their opposition to the new policy in a letter addressed to Cook and obtained by The Verge, which stated that the plan should go further in allowing remote work.

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